Teen student inspires Conway High athletic training program

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - Fifteen-year-old Laurel Baldwin wins this week's 'Student Spotlight' for her athletic training work with athletes at Conway High school.

Baldwin is the only student trainer at Conway High School. Five days a week after school until 7 p.m. she helps athletes recover from injuries.

"Typically we have six to eight people in the training room and we have bruises, sprained ankles and tendonitis," says Baldwin who has been working with the Conway Tigers since she was in middle school. She always had an interest and inquired about it one day while watching a football game. The former head athletic trainer told her she could help out after school. Now she is in tenth grade at Conway High and is inspiring the school to start a student athletic training program full time.

"We could do other things that students can't do if the students can take care of the simple things like taping a wrist or taping an ankle which are valuable skills for them to have as they move on through their professional career and education," says head athletic trainer, Dr. Jim Berry.

Baldwin is getting hands-on experience and life long experience. She hopes to someday become an athletic trainer and possibly major in nursing. For now, she's juggling her love of the career and school at the same time.

"We will have kids in here getting treatment, and while I'm over there I'll do a math problem real quick or while someone is in rehab I'll be going through my list saying I need to read this and this," says Baldwin.

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